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AG’s office warns ‘Sweetheart Scam’ reports total nearly $300,000 in losses for KY victims this year

As Valentine’s Day approaches, Attorney General Andy Beshear is warning Kentuckians to be wary of online dating scams that have already caused four victims in Campbell, Jefferson and Wayne counties to report losses of nearly $300,000 this year. In each case, a “sweetheart scammer” used legitimate online dating websites Match.com and eHarmony to lure victims into a fake online relationship. The...

AG warns of online dating ‘sweetheart scams,’ which cost Kentuckians $80,000 last year

As Valentine’s Day approaches, Attorney General Andy Beshear is warning Kentuckians of the “sweetheart” scam, which reports suggest caused Kentuckians to lose more than $80,000 last year. A sweetheart scammer typically uses a fake photo and identity to approach a victim through social media or online dating sites and acts as if they are interested in getting to know him or her. Over time, the...